Q: As I was leaving Daiei on Kaheka Street about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, I was approached by two Farrington High School students who said they were selling $4 tickets to an anti-drug play at the school. When I said no, they said, "How about giving $1? Then we'll get three other people to give $1 and give a ticket to someone who wants to go." I gave them the dollar, but afterward, I thought, what's to prevent these kids from just pocketing the money? What accounting is there for the money?
Sales of anti-drug play tickets are authorized
First of all, Farrington has nothing to do with the play, a school spokeswoman said. Victory Outreach Ministry is renting the school's auditorium for the play Nov. 4-8. Solicitors may or may not have been students, she said.
Robert Vifinkle, home director for the Kalihi-based ministry, insists that "every ticket is accounted for" and that the sellers are "guys who have been with us for a number of years. They're not out for personal gain. They just want to let people know there is hope and answers. We don't just send anybody out there."
Official tickets have a picture of cast members printed on half of the front side. However, Vifinkle said he's "finding out" that some people - "they don't have anything to do with our group" - have been selling flyers announcing the play for $1. Those sales are not authorized, he said.
Vifinkle said ticket sellers have been going door to door, as well as to stores and shopping centers. At some places, "we've been getting shut down," he said, although he added that the group tries to get permission to solicit.
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